This morning my wife and I attended the Eighth District Candidate Forum & Straw Poll in Eaton Ohio. After a pleasant 45 minute drive along country roads on one of the warmest days of the year so far, we gathered for the debate.
The election results for Butler County were mixed; some good, some bad. The biggest issue for myself was the Lakota Levy; which unfortunately narrowly passed by less than 1% of the vote. It took only 240 people to tip the scales in favor of outright extortion. The good news is that Fairfield defeated the bond, even if it was by a paltry 40 votes. Some other levies were passed in the county, while West Chester finally kicked out its most progressive trustee and replaced her with Tea Party backed Mark Welch.
The issues in Butler County are mirrored throughout the US, while there were many small victories across the country, there were losses also. Virginia went completely blue, while New Jersey got to pick between a progressive democrat who looks like Nancy Pelosi, and a progressive republican who looks like Jabba the Hut. Great choices there New Jersey, its no wonder all your businesses are moving out here!.
For those like myself, who are bitterly disappointed in having to fork out an extra $30+ a month for the idiotic new tax levy, I will say this: there is a silver lining. Like I said, West Chester will now be able to rein in its bills, lower its taxes, and put dash-cams in police cruisers in order to hold the cops to a new level of accountability. While Liberty and West Chester Townships narrowly missed defeating a tax levy, Fairfield was able to narrowly defeat one. We truly are in a civil war. The country is deeply divided along both sides. But we are winning. Remember that the American War of Independence was not won through battles, but perseverance. Did we really think we could cure 100 years of progressivism in one election cycle? No, this is going to take quite some time, but we are wearing away at the machine, and groups such as the Tea Party are having a massive effect on local elections. The West Chester Tea Party backed Mark Welch all the way, and today he kicks out a progressive who has been holding the township back for years.
It is disappointing that seniors and those on fixed incomes will have to struggle to find new ways to foot this idiotic tax bill, it is disappointing that teenagers will have less part time work available because local business owners have to lay off workers to pay for this useless tax levy. But all this goes to show that while we are wearing away at the machine, it is time to fight back instead of just defending ourselves all the time. This was the 4th levy attempt, and it only passed by 240 votes! It took only a small band of misguided fools to kick this stupid levy through. So it is time for us to kick the ball back down the field. It’s time to kick the unions where it hurts; we need to push for the bill for a right to work state. we need to push for tax reduction bills at the local level. We must stand up and fight!
The road is long ahead, but we have the founders and their principles to light the way. It’s going to take a lot more effort on the ground level, and many more of us will have to get our hands dirty and get the word out. Our future is out there, we can change the country for the better, no matter how many useless idiots stand in the way, the founding fathers stood up against similar odds, so let no progressive stand in your way. While there will be more battles that we’ll lose, we will win this war!
For all those conservatives living in Liberty Township and West Chester in Butler County Ohio, I urge you to put your money where your mouth is this November. Once again the Lakota School district is asking for another tax increase due to it’s inability, or lack of interest in balancing its budgets.
Since West Chester and Liberty Township are predominantly conservative, you’d think it would be an easy victory against tax increases every time right? Unfortunately the answer is ‘no’. Many Republicans do not stick by their principles and are certainly not fiscally conservative.
I urge every conservative republican in the Lakota School district to put their money where their mouth is this November and vote NO to any new tax increases.
If you think the National Government is bad, if you think that the deficit is horrendous, if you’re one of the people who is always complaining about government interference, taxation and mismanagement of budgets, then put your money where your mouth is!
If you think that whining about national government policies is going to make much of a difference; you’re dead wrong. If you think that helping to raise taxes at the local level has nothing to do with mismanagement at the federal level; you’re dead wrong.
My father in law; Rich Hoffman, has spent tireless hours slaving away at his blog posts explaining why voting for tax increases is a bad idea, and how much of the money goes toward teachers salaries and Union contracts. If you want all the finer details I urge you to read his blog posts, and do some research for yourself.
As for me, I’ll narrow it down nice and neat; if you’re a Republican and you vote for a tax increase this election period; you’re a hypocrite! You should tear up your Republican card right now and go join the progressive Democrat Party. They love Unions, and they love your tax dollars. Or instead, you can put your money where your mouth is, vote no to tax increases and have an actual impact at the local level, which will inevitably reverberate at the national level. And if you think your kids will somehow be better off with more tax dollars going to these institutions, you’re dead wrong also. These institutions are mismanaged beyond belief, and if you just keep throwing money at them, you’ll only make them worse. Think of a future America with massive taxes, and no good place for people to go; that is the future with these levies. If we do not accept responsibility and actually balance budgets now in the present, we will be setting a bad precedent for the future. If you think a few extra dollars a month won’t hurt; think of the local businesses that will lay off workers to pay for the massive tax hikes on their expensive buildings. Where will your teenage sons and daughters work during the summer? Where will they learn responsibility? Where will they learn integrity? If you don’t stand up and make a tough choice and do the right thing, who will be there to teach your children otherwise?
Actions have consequences, and local taxes are no different that national taxes. Taxes are always a bad thing, and you have the power to stop them. So put your money where your mouth is this election and vote NO to the Lakota Tax Levy.